WrestleMania, the Grand Daddy of them All. WrestleMania, the Showcase of the Immortals. WrestleMania, the Super Bowl of wrestling. WrestleMania, a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Alright, that last one may be a pretty massive stretch but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some facts that many long-time fans may not be aware of. For this list, we’re going to be looking at some facts about the WWE’s annual event that most fans may not be aware of.
As with, all of our shocking things list, we’re not saying that every reader will be unaware of every single fact that we touch on, as everyone’s area of knowledge is different. We are saying that we are confident that nearly every follower of the action that takes place inside a squared circle will find at least some of the information we’re about to share surprising. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at some interesting WrestleMania facts.
15 Most Bought WWE PPV Ever
In the era of the WWE Network where we’ve had the RAW announce team condescend to us several times that we must be morons if we spend our money on a pay per view. It’s easy to forget how the imperative the business once was. For the bulk of the last few decades, the WWE has been an absolute pay per view powerhouse that was raking in hundreds of thousands of buys every month. Even though they could rely on a very loyal fan base that would routinely buy their shows simply because they bared the WWE name, not all shows were created equal.
14 Famous Extras
Extras, by design, are supposed to be people that fade into the background. When an actor, or in this case, a wrestler is doing his best to entertain, it is imperative that the people who surround them don’t draw your attention. Somebody should send that info to the WWE since they have a long history of using wrestlers who aren’t contracted to their main roster to accompany their stars on the way to the ring.
13 Slammy Winning Tag Team who’ve Never made the Main Mania Card
Looking at the recent history of how the WWE books their tag teams, it seems pretty obvious to even casual observers that they aren’t seen as an integral part of the show they once were. This year during the Slammy Awards, many people were surprised that The New Day didn’t win the award for Tag Team of the Year, as The Usos received that honor instead. A popular team to be sure, they won a popular vote, so clearly the WWE has to have received the message that their fans want more of the Samoan twins, right? Looking at the upcoming Mania card, we guess not as they weren’t able to get a match on the main WrestleMania card.
12 No World Title Match
It just makes sense that the biggest event in the wrestling calendar would include a match for the most important championship in the wrestling world, right? Of course, it does. It doesn’t matter what the big belt is called that year. The WWF Heavyweight Championship, the WWF Championship, the WWE Championship, the Undisputed Championship, the name isn’t what matters, the acclaim is what matters.
11 Major Concussion Incidents: Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, The Miz
Over the last several years, education about concussions and their effects have massively changed the way the world sees sports. Understanding of just how damaging to the mind incidents of trauma to the brain can be on long term health, a great deal more effort has been put into efforts to protect the minds of athletes. Although Professional Wrestling is by no means a sport, the damage the wrestlers do to their bodies is only too real. To the WWE’s credit, they’ve put a great deal of effort into protecting the minds of the men and women who work for them.
10 Eleven Second ECW Championship Match
During the height of The WWE’s brand extension, somebody had the terrible idea that they should make a WWE version of ECW, without giving Paul Heyman, the spice that made the company, any real control. Before long, despite those letters’ hardcore history, the show began to feature champions that had zero connection to the ethos of the original company. Champions like Bobby Lashley, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Ezekiel Jackson and worst of all, Vince McMahon, began to turn the title into a joke but it may as well have been flushed down the toilet after WrestleMania 24.
9 Hall of Famer’s 7 Consecutive Loses
Tito Santana was a Latino superstar for the WWF, during a period where the roster was sorely lacking men of his heritage. A perennial fan-favorite who possessed incredible charisma, he would win both the tag team championship and intercontinental championship twice and reign supreme as the King of the Ring in 1989. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year the hallowed hall of the mind returned after several years of inactivity.
8 Nearly Catastrophic Pyro Accident at WrestleMania XXIV
Pyro, the explosive fireworks that go off while many popular performers make their way to the ring adds a hell of a lot to the showmanship that makes up modern wrestling. The fact that every major WWE show features these explosive elements has made them less mundane than they ever should have been. In actuality, the pyrotechnics are actually very controlled explosions that a group of talented individuals have meticulously planned to awe and impress without hurting anyone.
7 Main Eventers to Tag Team Throwaways: King Kong Bundy & The Miz
There is zero debate amongst wrestlers or fans that there is no honor higher in the company and more-so in the industry as a whole than working in the main event of WrestleMania. When you get tapped by Vince McMahon and company to headline the biggest show of the year, it is akin to them saying that they believe you will sell more tickets and merchandise than your peers. Yet somehow there are two very notable instances of wrestlers who’ve been involved in one of the show’s main events being relegated the very next year to a throwaway match.
6 1 Wrestler, 2 WrestleManias, 4 World Title Matches
In a previous entry we underlined the fact that during the very first WrestleMania event, oddly enough, Hulk Hogan’s WWF Heavyweight Championship wasn’t up for grabs. We all might find that surprising but the fact that at both WrestleMania IX and X, the belt was defended twice is equally surprising. All the more unexpected, during each event, the massive wrestler Yokozuna, worked in both title matches.
5 Stars Who’ve Never Won
Just being nominated for an award is an honor and just getting to compete at WrestleMania means you’re one of the best wrestlers alive. Still, it sure seems like it would be fun to have your hand raised in triumph in front of the most rabid wrestling fans assembled every year. It was an immense surprise to us that so many respected wrestlers over the last few decades have never triumphed at WrestleMania.
4 Actual Attendance Numbers
The mentality of professional wrestling promoters at times seems to be, that since the outcomes of their matches are predetermined, they can decide the outcome of almost every element of their shows. Perhaps the most highly contested figures the WWE releases to the public regularly are the supposed amount of people who actually attend their events. They seem perfectly happy to just make up a number out of absolutely nowhere, tell the world that’s how many people showed up and forever stick by their insanely specific numbers.
3 HBK & HHH’s Win-Loss Records
At various times in their careers, the two men who have served as the cornerstones of the Kliq and D-Generation-X have had larger than life reputations as backstage politicians. Men who have resorted to pleading their case to have match finishes, they don’t like, changed by whining in the ear of Vince McMahon again and again. When Hunter married into the family, any previous rumors that his prominence was earned through wheeling and dealing instead of skill were cemented in the eyes of some.
2 Anniversary Issues
This one may be a bit obvious if you reflect upon it but we had to include it since it drives us nuts every single year. Whoever it is in the WWE power structure that is behind their marketing doesn’t seem to understand exactly how anniversaries actually work. This year’s upcoming show is the thirty-second annual WrestleMania but it isn’t the thirty-second anniversary of the event. There is a reason those two words exist as they are, in fact, not the same thing.
1 Accolades of Taker’s Foes
Championships come and go but the streak The Undertaker racked up was the most impressive accolade in the history of wrestling, up until the day Brock Lesnar put it to an end. Although it makes sense that Taker, the man who put together a career respected enough that he was able to win so many times, is more focused on, his opponents are an impressive group.
Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Diesel, The Big Bossman, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels & Edge are all men who were defeated by Taker at Mania and later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Of course, not everyone Taker has beaten has been inducted into the Hall, as of yet, but that isn’t the only accolade that matters. Of the other wrestlers who he beat before the streak ended, only three men, A-Train, Giant González and King Kong Bundy never won a Heavyweight title, although Bundy main evented a Mania. The Undertaker has beaten former world champs Sycho Sid, Diesel, Kane, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Big Show, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Batista, Edge and CM Punk.
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